Dental Sealants in Harker Heights, TX

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What Are the Benefits of Dental Sealants?

ACE Dental of Harker Heights offers dental sealants as a cavity prevention measure for your family. Sealants are clear or tooth-colored coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to help protect against dental caries (tooth decay). Once in place, dental sealants create a smoother surface that is easier to clean and prevents the accumulation of plaque, bacteria, and food in these decay-prone areas. Along with helping patients maintain better oral health, sealants can also lower the risk of cavities, which can minimize the need for costlier dental care in the future. Ask our friendly Harker Heights, TX team if dental sealants are right for you or your child during your next visit to our practice.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Sealants?

Dental sealants are most often recommended for children ages 6 – 12 and are placed on the permanent molars or premolars as they erupt. Older patients who are more prone to decay may also benefit from sealant placements. The back teeth naturally have grooves, pits, and fissures that may trap bacteria and food, which can increase the risk of tooth decay. By filling in these areas, sealants can help prevent cavities while possibly making daily oral hygiene more effective. Sealants can be placed rather quickly and generally without the need for anesthetic in patients of all ages.

How Are DEntal Sealants Applied to the Teeth?

One of our dentists will perform a dental examination to determine if sealants are ideal for you or your child. To prepare for sealant placement, we will remove any plaque or tartar from the chewing surfaces of the teeth. These areas will then be dried and coated with a white or clear sealant material. After brushing the material into the pits and fissures, we will set the sealants with a curing light, which will cause them to harden in place. Our team will check to make certain the material has settled correctly and provide instructions on caring for dental sealants.

What Happens After Teeth Sealants Are Placed?

Following the sealant visit, you or your child can resume a normal daily routine. However, it is important to avoid eating foods that are hard, crunchy, or sticky for the first few days. Our team will talk with you about the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene habits at home, including daily brushing and flossing. When well-cared for, sealants may stay in place and help protect the back teeth for quite some time. We will continually evaluate your or your child's sealants during your dental check-up visits at ACE Dental of Harker Heights and let you know if they need to be reapplied at any point.

Does Insurance Cover Dental Sealants?

A number of dental insurance plans may cover dental sealants for patients up to a certain age. Because this coverage can vary among policies, our insurance coordinator will contact your provider to learn about your family's benefits. If you do not carry insurance, or have out-of-pocket costs, please inquire about the affordable and flexible payment methods accepted at ACE Dental of Harker Heights.

Protect Your Family's Smiles Against Tooth Decay

Sealants from our comprehensive Harker Heights, TX practice are a simple dental solution that can help prevent tooth decay. By protecting the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, sealants may reduce the need for fillings or other restorations in the future. Make an appointment at ACE Dental of Harker Heights to learn if dental sealants can help you and your family maintain healthy, happy smiles!

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